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Pevny named vice president of Aspen Executive AirHana Pevny, former president and CEO of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, has been named the vice president of Aspen Executive Air, or AEXJET.The company serves frequent travelers to Aspen by offering a membership-based, private jet service and structured corporate jet program. Pevny will be responsible for the overall business development of the company, including sales, marketing and customer service. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Pevny said. “I feel that everything I’ve done and accomplished over the past 20 years has prepared me for this position. I’m excited to be back in an entrepreneurial, start-up environment, helping to build an organization from the ground up.”Pevny announced her resignation from ACRA last month after three years on the job. She has lived in Aspen for seven years and also worked in business development, sales, marketing and management with technology firms IBM, Wang Laboratories, Equant and Cisco Systems Inc.”This is an exciting time for AEXJET. We are pleased to have someone of Hana’s caliber and expertise in strategic development, sales and marketing as vice president of our company,” said Ron Stone, president of AEXJET.

Eagle commissioners explain decisionIn a rare trip to the Roaring Fork Valley on Tuesday, two Eagle County commissioners explained why they rejected an application for a home with a catering business in Missouri Heights.Commissioner Tom Stone, a Republican and strong private property rights advocate, said he voted against the application by Alexander and Laura Kim because it was more of a business with a residential use than a home with a secondary business use.The Kims applied to build a home that included a regular kitchen. They sought a special-use permit to build a commercial kitchen for their catering business.Several neighbors objected to the size and architectural style of the building and expressed fears that it would generate too much business traffic in the residential area.The application appeared headed for approval last month when Commissioners Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon indicated they would support the proposal with conditions. But when the formal vote was taken on July 5, Runyon voted against it, with Stone.”I was very close,” Runyon said. “Basically I felt they were stretching the definition of a home business.”Runyon said he was partially swayed by the strong showing of neighbors at a meeting.

Comedy Fest announces 2006 datesThe 12th annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival will be held in Aspen March 8-12, 2006, festival producers announced yesterday.Since its inception in Aspen in 1995, the comedy festival has focused on discovering new talent in stand-up, sketch, theater, film and other comedic forms. The festival has also presented such rare events as reunions of the Monty Python troupe and the “Waiting for Guffman” cast, live readings of “The Simpsons,” and a version of “J. Edgar: The Musical.” The comedy festival annually presents the AFI Star Award and the Freedom of Speech Award. Recipients of the former include Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks, Steve Martin and Billy Crystal; recipients of the latter include George Carlin, Bill Maher, Dick Gregory and the Smothers Brothers.The festival is accepting submissions for live performances through Nov. 7 and will be accepting comedic features and shorts films from Aug. 7- Nov. 7. Complete submission information is available at http://www.hbocomedyfestival.com.No acts for the 2006 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival have been announced. Ticket packages will be available in the fall.